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To give a luxurious silky texture to cocktails, this simple syrup (a syrup made by dissolving sugar in water) is thickened slightly with xanthan gum.

Food & Wine
July 2012

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Recipe Summary

total:
30 mins
Yield:
2 1/4 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Let the syrup cool completely, then transfer to a blender. With the blender on, add the xanthan gum and blend until the syrup is slightly thickened, about 15 seconds. Transfer the syrup to a jar, cover and refrigerate until clear, at least 4 hours or overnight.

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The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.

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